Société Française de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire

Genetic code: Mechanisms, Evolution and Engineering

The genetic code was unraveled some 55 years ago, in a short period of time, but through arduous and insightful chemical and biochemical experimental designs. Formally, the genetic code is a cypher, a frozen table of correlations between two sets of letters with few variations. Viewed at the molecular level, however, the code as we know it now appeared in stages, resulting from the complex molecular recognition and selection processes full of contingencies at the core of the transition from chemistry to biology in biological evolution. In the last twenty years, a wealth of structures of active ribosomes and components of the translation apparatus has appeared. We now have a rich diversity of structures at sufficient resolution to integrate biochemical and biological observations in congruence with molecular data.

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The 8th symposium of the SFBBM Proteolysis group was held from October 15th to 17th in La Grande Motte (Hérault). It was organized by a local committee coordinated by Olivier Coux (CRBM) and including several scientists from Montpellier (Pascale Bomont, INM, Guillaume Bossis, IGMM, Solange Desagher, IGMM, Dimitris Liakopoulos, CRBM, Emmanuelle Liaudet-Coopman, IRCM, Marc Piechaczyk, IGMM, Dimitris Xirodimas, CRBM).

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The 11th edition of the congress of the thematic group Structure Integration Function and Reactivity of the ARN (SifrARN) of the SFBBM gathered 175 French and foreign scientists, from November 6 to November 8, 2018, on the campus of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of the University of Lorraine (UL) (

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The SFBBM GT "Enzymes" congress was held from 9 to 12 May 2017 at the Croisic and was co-organized with the Club "Biocatalyse et Synthèse Organique" (CBSO)


Charles Tellier